why The™ Chiron skin fucking sucks
Lemme break this down. So on release of it there was a lot of hype about the very trope based skin. A white, feminine gay man by no means represents the LGBT community as a whole, nor does it actually bring in much revenue as the skin itself is rather horrid. The reason Hi-Rez did it is because they insist, as do many other companies, from profiting off of LGBT (despite this skin being released quite a long time after Pride month, i.e. June). If Hi-Rez wants to make genuine revenue, rather than reinforcing a single trope that reoccurs consistenly in media while the rest of LGBT gets ignored, they should try a pretty simple concept like adding a Pride shirt onto a god and then pinning a rainbow flag to their weapon. Chaac, for example. Imagine him, a very non feminine non white male figure, in a Pride shirt and with a massive flag on the back of his axe. It’d be baller. Or Medusa in a rainbow sock and a Pride tshirt. Or Geb with painted rainbows on his rocks and a big rainbow cape flag.
The list can go on, y’all are creative enough.
However the point being is it’s not representation by adding in skins like the Chiron one, rather it’s simply damaging. In media, as I’ve stated before, the trope of the white feminine gay male is implemented in many tv shows, while masculine gay men often are overlooked. Same goes for lesbians, bi men and women, and trans individuals.
If Hi-Rez wants to profit off the LGBT community, or support us (semantics quite honestly, sadly they’re mutually exclusive) then they need to come up with skins that don’t beat a dead horse over the head. Simple representation is better than overly dramatic non-representation. The multiple times I’ve been to Pride, people look like what I described, in a tshirt or wrapped in a flag, not the Chiron skin.
Footnote: Hi-Rez needs to do this in June rather than months later.